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John G. Searle Innovator Awards - Proposal Instructions

Note: This grant opportunity uses a two-step application process. The instructions below are only for those applicants who have been invited to submit a full proposal based on their letter of inquiry. To learn more about this grant or begin an application, please start here.

Proposal submission

If you have been invited to submit a full proposal:

  1. Accept the invitation by July 26, 2023.
  2. Submit your grant proposal using the online submission form. Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on August 14, 2023.

Your grant proposal should consist of two PDF files that include the following materials:

File 1
  • A cover page, containing the following: 
    • Grant proposal title
    • Names of principal investigator/multiple PIs, key personnel and other significant collaborators
  • NIH biosketch(es) of the principal investigator/multiple PIs
  • A project summary in layman’s terms
  • A research plan, including the following: 
    • Specific aims (one page maximum)
    • Research strategy (four pages maximum): Significance, innovation and approach
  • Facilities and other resources (one page maximum)
  • Support letters
File 2
  • Budget – use this budget template  
  • Fringe rate (Internal pilot grants):
    • 22% for employees
    • 0% for Graduate College students
    • No indirect costs
    • No-cost extensions (NCEs) will not be allowed
    • Funds cannot be used to provide faculty salary support
More information
  • The Searle Foundation has committed philanthropic seed funds to support investigator-initiated research. Applications are being solicited that propose significant and innovative translational, clinical, basic science, behavioral or population-based research. The intent of these grants is to support well-designed projects that will allow development of preliminary data to enable the investigators to be competitive for future federal or private funding. Interdisciplinary proposals are of particular interest.

Award timeline

  • Expected review: September 2023
  • Expected award notification: September 2023
  • Expected funding period: November 2023 - October 2024